|"still get no drive found message"|
That doesn't necessarily indicate the bios isn't recognizing the hard drive.
Your problem can be caused by....
- you don't have the network boot option in the correct place in the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup
- you DO have that set correctly but
- the bios is not detecting your hard drive at all
- or - the bios is detecting the hard drive but it's not finding that it's bootable (has an operating system installed on it)
Also - reasons why your hard drive may not be detected as bootable by the bios.
See Response 1:
If it's a SATA hard drive....
Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:
" Formatted and partitioned externally via USB and still not recognised by BOS."
The hard drive does not have to have any data on it in order for it to be detected by the bios.
All new hard drives have no data on them.
The XP CD will software partition and format a blank drive.
It can't be detected as bootable by the bios until / unless an operating system has been installed on it
" Do I have to change letter allocation from E to C and how to do this."
That is of no concern for a new hard drive on a laptop that only one hard drive can be installed on .
The partition Windows itself is installed on will be assigned C by XP's Setup